Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1994.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 12:00 am, 28th November 1994

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is the waiting list for the processing of non-asylum applications to the immigration appellate adjudicator.

Mr. John M. Taylor:

Once the parties have indicated readiness to proceed, the average waiting time for a non-asylum appeal to be heard by an adjudicator is nine weeks.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

I am grateful. Can the hon. Gentleman confirm that, although that is the average, many take much longer and that every time there is a delay it also affects the families abroad? Can he ensure in the coming year that additional resources are made available to deal with the backlog without prejudice to present applicants?

Mr. Taylor:

Waiting times have come down in the past two years, but not so much as the hon. Gentleman or I would like. We are taking a number of specific measures. Five are listed in my brief. If the hon. Gentleman would like, rather than gabbling them into the microphone I will write to him to tell him what they are.